Fight The Bite During National Night Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2017
 

Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
 
FIGHT THE BITE DURING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Prevent Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus by Using Insect Repellent
—Free repellent wipes available
 
Elk Grove, Ca — Tomorrow is National Night Out, an event which focuses on public safety as well as crime and drug prevention. Many neighborhoods will come together to celebrate with activities such as outdoor BBQ’s and ice cream socials during the early evening at the same time when mosquitoes are active. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to also protect themselves against mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent. “While everyone will be focused on getting to know their neighbors and increasing public safety, mosquitoes will be out biting, so we encourage you to protect yourself by using an effective insect repellent,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “As we head into August, traditionally, one of the hottest months of the year, it is likely that we’ll continue to see an increase in mosquitoes and West Nile virus activity, so we urge everyone to stay protected,” added Goodman.
 
For the past days the District has distributed hundreds of free mosquito repellent packets to various neighborhood associations, community groups and law enforcement agencies to be distributed to participants during National Night Out.  Repellent is still available for National Night Out or any other upcoming outdoor events. Please email lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net to schedule a pick up time during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
 
The District continues to closely monitor areas of concern throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties where West Nile virus activity continues to be on the rise. For the latest information and to see where virus activity has been detected please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
 
2017 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  26 mosquito samples and 27 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  8 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date
 
This National Night Out Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention: 
DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes. 
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.   
DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside. 
DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions! 
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net